Crush con­tin­ues de­spite dry

Isis Town and Country - - News -

CRUSH­ING op­er­a­tions have con­tin­ued with­out any in­ter­rup­tion from the weather, and CCS has con­tin­ued to rise de­spite the im­pact that the very dry con­di­tions are hav­ing on the stand­ing crop.

The weekly CCS fig­ure was recorded as 15.67 units and the year to date CCS fig­ure is now 14.16 units.

The va­ri­ety Q208 made up slightly more than 25% of the to­tal weekly sup­ply with 15,794 tonnes sup­plied at 16.12 units of CCS.

The high­est in­di­vid­ual CCS for the week was 17.86 units.

This came from an El­liott River grower who sup­plied the va­ri­ety Q232 4R.

The Isis Mill has now pro­cessed 1,121,190 tonnes of cane with 62,466 tonnes pro­cessed for Week 18.

The es­ti­mate has risen slightly to around 1,280,000 tonnes and if achieved this would leave around 159,000 tonnes to process from Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 16.

Un­der nor­mal cir­cum­stances, this will take around 16 days, which will have the 2015 crush­ing sea­son at Isis Mill com­pleted by very early Novem­ber.

While many lo­cal grow­ers are fo­cused on the har­vest­ing of the last of the 2015 sea­son cane it is also im­por­tant to be pre­pared for grow­ing the 2016 sea­son crop.

Ra­toons will now be re­quir­ing ir­ri­ga­tion and when mak­ing de­ci­sions about your ir­ri­ga­tion plan, it is also im­por­tant to con­sider elec­tric­ity tar­iffs that will suit your ir­ri­ga­tion re­quire­ments.

Grow­ers should check their cur­rent tar­iff and dis­cuss op­tions with their elec­tric­ity provider.

The Isis Sugar Part­ner­ship has com­menced col­lect­ing data for the ir­ri­ga­tion au­dits.

Grow­ers with ir­ri­ga­tion ef­fi­cien­cies con­cerns should reg­is­ter their in­ter­est in hav­ing an au­dit con­ducted on their ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tems.

Of­ten very small changes can de­liver real sav­ing in en­ergy costs.

Reg­is­tra­tions can be made by con­tact­ing the staff at Isis Pro­duc­tiv­ity Lim­ited.

There is nor­mally in­creased ac­tiv­ity across the har­vest­ing and haul­ing op­er­a­tions as the sea­son draws to a close and all stake­hold­ers are re­minded to stay fo­cused on safety.

Field staff will keep stake­hold­ers in­formed about the tim­ing of the 2015 Crush­ing Sea­son com­ple­tion and any­one with con­cerns should make con­tact with their re­spec­tive field of­fi­cer.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ISIS MILL: The crush this sea­son has been a huge suc­cess for grow­ers in the re­gion.

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